Friday, 25 May, 2018

1 dead, 3 injured in sword attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province Travel Warning: Another Terror Attack in Indonesia
Lisa Bryan | 17 May, 2018, 02:01

Police patrol the streets of Indonesia.

Indonesian police fatally shot four suspected militants Wednesday when they attacked a police headquarters in Riau province.

The attack began when five men rammed a minivan into a police headquarters in Sumatra on Wednesday, killing one officer and wounding two others, according to The Associated Press.

The bodies of two attackers who were shot and killed are seen at the entrance of a police station in Pekanbaru, Indonesia May 16, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Indonesia's elite anti-terrorist force Densus 88 has responded with a series of raids in which several suspected militants have been shot dead - including the deputy commander of the local chapter of extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (Jad), believed responsible for numerous attacks.

During the assault, the militants also wounded two police officers and hurt two journalists, according to him.

Islamic State has this morning claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's Amaq news...


"They all pledged allegiance to [IS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi", he said.

A police spokesman in Riau said they had not identified the perpetrators yet or determined their motive.

Indonesia - which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October - has long struggled with militancy. At least 26 people died in a series of terror attacks in Surabaya on Sunday and Monday, including 13 militants and their children.

Following the 2002 Bali bombings, it had been widely praised for its sustained anti-terrorism crackdown.

Most attacks in recent years have been limited to low-level operations against domestic security forces.

Attack comes after multiple bombings in Surabaya in the past week.

All six bombers were killed, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber. The terrorists used children as young as seven in their suicide attacks.

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